Inner circle of jerks

Hans Lovejoy, Editor

What makes a good leader?

Perhaps one who surrounds themselves with others who hold a diverse range of expert views or even challenge the ideologies of that leader.

Presumably a good leader should also act in the best interests of everyone (almost an impossibility) and be receptive to that expert advice.

What better way to illustrate democracy’s decline than to examine who has the ear of the nation’s leader? Turns out Scott’s marketing team includes coal-fawning troglodytes and public relation spivs. In other words, no vision or intellect.

This list is no means complete; the PM’s inner circle also includes fellow religious extremists who are presumably wanting to hurry along to the end of times, as described in Revelations.

All references are from Linkedin, unless otherwise noted.

John Kunkel

The PM’s Chief Of Staff. John is former Deputy CEO of fossil fuel lobbyists, the Minerals Council of Australia (2010 – 2016).



Yaron Finkelstein

Principal Private Secretary for the PM’s office. Was Former CEO for PR campaign consultancy Crosby|Textor (2015 – 2018).



Brendan Pearson

Senior adviser (international of trade and investment) at Office of the PM.

Was Chief Executive of Minerals Council of Australia (2014 – 2017).


Matt Fynes-Clinton

Speech writer for the PM. The PM’s slippery, meaningless gibberish is produced by a former senior reporter for Rupert Murdoch’s The Courier-Mail.



Andrew Hirst

According to the Australian Financial Review, Hirst worked for public relations company Crosby|Textor before returning as the Liberal Party’s communications director for the 2016 election. He then became the Liberal Party’s federal director in 2017.


Philip Gaetjens

Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. According to the Australian Financial Review, the one-time Peter Costello adviser is now the head of the PM’s 150,000 strong bureaucracy.

Was also Chief of Staff to the PM when he was treasurer.

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6 responses to “Inner circle of jerks”

  1. Decline… sends a chill along my spine. This ‘batch of
    Trogs & Spives’ just goes to show where the heart of
    screwed-up matter lives. I’d like to lend an ‘ear’ & call
    a total parliamentary sacking. I’m truly jack of ’em, no
    kidding – & that includes Labor’s rubber-ducks.

  2. Ken says:

    Oh come on,Stefanie !
    Don’t hold back , just let us know how you feel about this totally corrupt system of government (if that isn’t too strong a word for this rabble )
    I truly feel “sacking” is too good for them, and they should be held accountable, graft and corruption in public office. Ten years on Manus Island should be a good start.
    Cheers G”)

  3. Toni Aldous says:

    I agree this govt has to go……

  4. Roma Newton says:

    . . . And I thought I was the only one appalled by the ignorant, arrogant “gibberish” that pours out of the mouths of this uneducated PM & Cabinet.

    My hope is that we make sure we check, more thoroughly, the beliefs and points of view of the next “Gummit” we elect .. and please, may it be a PM who can pronounced the word – especially when he goes overseas and talks about “My Government”.

    Fabulous Editorial, Mr. Lovejoy. Thank you.

  5. Barrow says:

    With Respect Hans their is no political party that is going to act in the voters best interests. !
    Ken can only assume you were in the country from
    2007 onwards if so a few reality facts on manus
    And detention centers. In 2007 ,4 people were in
    Detention centers when LABOR and the Greens took office , the boats had stopped. When labor were turfed out in 2013 there were 10.000 in
    Detention centers on bridging visas, at least 1200
    Men, women and children had drowned at sea
    Trying to get to Australia, our worst maritime
    Disaster in Australia’s history. Any apologies from
    The labor or the Greens , NO ken ! More than 10
    Years Ken the taxpayer’s have had to foot the bill
    About 14billion Ken !! Imagine what 14 billion could
    Have done for our Homeless.. you can convince
    People to believe anything Except the “truth “

  6. Here we go again, Barrow. We now have thousands
    of ‘fly-in’ people & our Gove’s hardly processing any.
    Maybe our leaders & their ex-CEO’s could go &
    conduct ‘the country’ from Manus. Last I heard there
    were [on average] 1,000 fly-ins per month.

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